A distinct pattern emerges from the haze surrounding the much-awaited next move of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, a week after his dramatic resignation from the Rajya Sabha.
By carefully ducking pointed questions during the eight-minute press conference in Delhi on Monday and desisting from making public his next destination, Sidhu has attempted to keep his political adversaries guessing.
Political analysts say Sidhu’s attempt to ‘confound and confuse’ people before making the ambitious gambit public, indicates his ostensible “hard-bargaining” with the AAP despite behind-the-scene deal in the run-up to quitting the Rajya Sabha seat on July 18.
His resignation, within three months after nomination to Rajya Sabha, was billed as having potential to trigger a seismic shift in poll-bound Punjab. But, by delaying to announce the next move, the pro-Sidhu sentiment in Punjab has started ebbing. And his credibility has also begun coming under the cloud.
The former Amritsar MP is yet to clarify whether he is in the BJP or not. He repeatedly said on Monday that he has resigned from Rajya Sabha—triggering speculation about his BJP membership.
His wife, Navjot Kaur — a BJP MLA in Punjab — said the AAP was the only option for her husband. His resignation from Rajya Sabha implied a resignation from the BJP, she said, but her husband kept up the suspense on Monday.